Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

Ranch dressing has come to be a staple in our kitchen. Thanks to my children, I dip my chicken, french fries, pizza and more into ranch dressing. We go through it rather quickly.

I use the bottled dressing rather than buying those expensive packets, but I've been researching the making of my own dressing mix. I've found several sites online with suggested recipes, and each one is very different. Which is the best? Which should I try first? They all make more than one serving, and I hate to waste ingredients. What if we don't like it?

I finally realized that I could resize the recipe and make one serving so we could try it out. I decided to start with one from the $5 Dinner site. The full-size recipe of Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix is:

2 Tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried dill
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp pepper

This makes 4 Tbsp of mix, enough for 4 batches of dip or dressing, so it was easy to size it down to this:

1/2 Tbsp dried parsley (1 1/2 tsp = 1/2 Tbsp)
1/4 tsp dried dill
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp dried basil
1/8 tsp pepper

I combined all the seasonings in a bowl and mixed them together,

then put in a small jar to store. This jar should hold 4 Tbsp if I make a full recipe in the future.

To make the ranch dressing, mix 1/3 cup mayonnaise and 1/4 cup milk with 1 Tbsp of the seasoning mix. Season with salt to taste. You can use more or less milk to make the consistency you want. Use it immediately (although another recipe site said to let it sit in refrigerator for a few hours for more flavor) or you can refrigerate for up to 3 days.

How does it taste? I'll let you know. If this isn't "it", I have another recipe to try out...


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